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VINE VOICEon 11 October 2004
The fifth (possibly the last) in the Spiderwick series. Mallory and her twin brothers return home to find their mother missing and the house wrecked. Their only hope is to find Mulgarath the troll king and defeat him - but this seems impossible.
Once again, this delightful little book is full of fabulously detailed illustrations - and is divided up into 7 chapters (a week's worth of bedtime reading) plus an epilogue to tie up all the loose ends (including a strange encounter with the children's father, Mr Grace, and a reunion of Arthur & Lucy Spiderwick). It's a well-paced exciting story; a return to form after the ever so slightly disappointing part four.
If you've read the others - then this is a must-read! If you haven't read the others, then I recommend starting with book one, 'The Field Guide.' The Spiderwick series is aimed at younger readers, possibly aged between 7 and 10, and chronicles the story of the Grace family and their misadventures with the Faerie inhabitants they discover in their new home.
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on 20 January 2005
In the fifth book in the Spiderwick Chronicles series, The Grace children -- Mallory and her younger twin brothers, Jared and Simon -- have to rescue their mother, who has been captured by the evil Mulgarath. With the help of elves, the sneaky hobgoblin Hogsqueal, and, of course, their Uncle Arthur's guide book to the faerie world, the three kids set out to defeat Mulgarath once and for all. Will they succeed in stopping Mulgarath and save their mother before it's too late? Readers who enjoyed the first four Spiderwick Chronicles books won't want to miss the conclusion to this entertaining and unique fantasy series. I highly recommend this entire series to all readers who enjoy an enchanting fantasy.
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VINE VOICEon 18 October 2004
The fifth (possibly the last) in the Spiderwick series. Mallory and her twin brothers return home to find their mother missing and the house wrecked. Their only hope is to find Mulgarath the troll king and defeat him - but this seems impossible.
Once again, this delightful little book is full fabulously detailed illustrations - and is divided up into 7 chapters (a week's worth of bedtime reading) plus an epilogue to tie up all the loose ends (including the children's father, Mr Grace, and a reunion of Arthur & Lucy Spiderwick). It's a well-paced exciting story; a return to form after the ever so slightly disappointing part four.
If you've read the others - then this is a must-read! If you haven't read the others, then I recommend starting with book one, 'The Field Guide.' The Spiderwick series is aimed at younger readers, possibly aged between 7 and 10, and chronicles the story of the Grace family and their misadventures with the Faerie inhabitants they discover in their new home.
Five Stars *****
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The Grace children have clashed with goblins, elves and dwarves, but this is when they finally clash with the cruel ogre Mulgarath. "The Wrath of Mulgarath" tidily wraps up this little series with the right combination of action, magic and bittersweetness -- and, of course, battling the evil ogre.

Simon, Jared and Mallory return home... only to find that their home has been trashed and their mother kidnapped. Even worse, Mulgarath now has dragons working for him. Desperate to figure out how to defeat the ogre, they rush to the elves and ask to speak to Arthur Spiderwick, but they must pay a price for the privilege.

So the three children (plus Hogsqueal and Thimbletack) set out toward Mulgarath's stronghold, the Palace of Trash. But even if they are able to defeat the goblins, the fire salamanders and the dragon and somehow fight their way in, they have little idea of the trap that has been set for them...

"The Wrath of Mulgarath" is a pretty solid ending to this little fantasy series -- no big dramatic changes, just the Grace kids struggling to return things to the status quo. All the story arcs are neatly wrapped up, in a way that satisfies but also leaves you wishing there were a little bit more.

Holly Black's vivid writing is as lovely as ever, even when she's describing unsavory stuff like a cow suckling fire salamanders, or the palace (the roof is "black with tar and covered in overlapping layers of glass and tin that looked like fish scales"). Perhaps the only scene that's a problem is the rather anticlimactic way Mulgarath is dealt with, but the scene that follows -- a bittersweet moment involving Arthur Spiderwick -- makes up for it.

The book also neatly wraps up the character arcs that have been going on through the series -- the kids no longer bicker and criticize each other, and are much quicker to try to save each other. Additionally, Jared seems to finally work through the last of his post-divorce issues, which is a nice touch.

"The Wrath of Mulgarath" is a solid, dark-edged finale for the Spiderwick Chronicles, wrapping up all the plot threads while leaving the door open for more stories.
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on 9 July 2015
As with the previous instalments, this book is simply beautiful. It is presented so nicely and contains gorgeous illustrations and so looks great as part of any fantasy collection, for adults or children.

I thought that this was a really nice conclusion to the series. The novel was certainly action-packed, bringing all of the characters together to fight off a frightening foe. It ties together all of the loose threads very neatly, leaving the series feeling complete and very well balanced.

My only real gripe was the the wrap up chapter was very fleeting. I won't spoil it for you here but it was a little sudden and I really wish that the authors had taken more care with what could have otherwise been an incredibly moving scene (though I appreciate that this is a short book aimed at younger readers).

I liked the final development for the children, particularly Jared who's character growth is really fantastic when you look back over the series as a whole. It's nice that even their mother gets involved a little in this story as she was the one character who always seemed to feel a little left out in the earlier books. It was also a pleasure to see Thimbletack and Hogsqueal back in action - I've really missed these two over the last couple of books!

All in all, I'm glad I read this series. Although some were better than others, the books are rather magical and very enjoyable on the whole.
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on 11 September 2004
This is the perfect end to a brilliant series of books. The charaters have to go through there toughest adventure yet. I have recently read this book to my young daughter and she loved it so much she dragged me away from my book to finish it. It has a wonderful twist at the end and leaves you guessing what is goning to happen right until the final page. I would recomend this book to anyone, young or old, who would like a orignal read which will transport you into another world. Just buy it!!!
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The Grace children are tired when they arrive home from their escape in the quarry (see the last book for details). Fully prepared to tell their mother everything that has been happening, they are surprised to find her gone and the house in shambles. Byron the Griffin is on the roof attacking a hobgoblin. It's from the hobgoblin they get the full story. Mulgarath the Ogre has been there, stolen the book, and kidnapped their mother. With just a tiny bit of information and a half of a plan, they set out to face their greatest foe. Can they defeat him?

The four previous books in the series have been building to this moment, and it is well worth the wait. Things moved quickly with so much happening it's still hard to believe they fit it all in. The climax is brilliant and a tad scary, so you might want to be prepared if your kids are easily frightened.

The producers of the movies took a couple ideas from this book, but pretty much did their own thing for the climax. Having seen the movie and now read this book, all I can say is both endings work equally well for me.

Get all five books at once so you can breeze through this enjoyable fantasy series.
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I love these two authors! They are brilliant. This was an amazing series and I have already got the 3 addendum books and the second series Beyond Spiderwick to read. Part of me was sad to see this series come to an end. I like the characters and the world that Black and DiTerlizzi have created. It is a world I would like to live in, or at least have the opportunity to visit. At the end of this book it states it is the end of the story of the Grace Children, but because there are more books we know that the adventure in this world has not come to an end, it is just changing chapters. Much like what happens to each of the children in the Narnia Chronicles at different points in time.

This story has more action then the first 4 and races along to a conclusion. In this story we discover that Dragons really exist, that Vanity can really lead to anyone's or anything's downfall and we find out that the Fairy folk are more fair and compassionate then when we last encountered them. It is a great book in an amazing world!
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on 12 July 2005
Simon, Jared and Mallory Grace race against time to rescue their mother from evil clutches of Mulgarath the Ogre, with help from the Elves and even Arthur Spiderwick as the world descends into an epic war.
This is by far the most exciting book so far in the Spiderwick series as Mallory, Jared, Simon [who must do something quite out of character in this book to save them] and Byron the Gryphon fight for their lives against goblins and Dragons.
And it's all building up to a final showdown with Mulgarath in his palace of scrap metal...
A worthy end to the saga despite being a bit of a blood-bath. By far the book's most entertaining character is the shape-shifting ogre, Mulgarath who is an old-school, mustache-twirling, James-Bond style villain.
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on 29 May 2009
spiderwick stories are a must have for kids with a good grasp into the fantasie world. these stories are harmless fun and can help children to see their environement with different eyes. my son 9 since reading the books pays more attention into his surroundings and how we as the human race abbuse it. although never a mentioned in the books it lets them see the world through faries eyes. i hope this makes sense to others.
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